Duration: 105 min
Location: La Barra 2
Session type: Peer exchange

“Collecting data of women and gender diverse people (and human rights organizations serving them) may pose risks as well as issues of agency and control over that data, loss of privacy, and discrimination and data bias. Data is often seen as “impartial” however when being used in relation to race, class, gender and other identity characteristics, data can easily fall into traps that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. Consider how social, institutional and cultural dynamics can skew the supposed objectivity and accuracy of data. In a world of diverse identities containing various genders and sexualities, how do we all fit into the neat and often “binary” boxes of data? What happens when this data is then used in decisions that affect us, like public health, welfare access, measuring participation, or to control and monitor groups?”

The Feminist Action Lab

This peer exchange session will bring together the expertise of organizations in both governmental and non governmental organizations that are working on gender rights and inclusive data, digital rights, data and technology from a feminist or gender sensitive approach. The discussion will seek to draw out key principles and learn from these approaches that can potentially support different populations facing vulnerability and discrimination to protect and assert their  rights, in advancing in transforming societies and achieving gender equality.

Through conversations both in English and in Spanish, we will hear from the health sector in Uruguay, feminist approaches to digital rights, key concepts and good practices regarding the use of data with a gender based approach, the role of the internet and technology in promoting human rights and the importance of disaggregated data.

Specific learning objectives will include:

  • Explore how some gender based and feminist approaches  used by organizations to gather and analyze data can support different vulnerable populations to defend their rights and influence public policy.
  • Spotlight the stories and strategies from young feminists to defend digital rights and generate feminist technologies.

Speakers for this session include:

  • Cyntia Buffa, Ministerio de Salud Pública Uruguay
  • Karen Garcia, División de Asuntos de Género
  • Andrea Llerena, ONU Mujeres
  • Caleb Masusu, Restless Development
  • Marisa Miodosky, Equal Measures 2030
  • Shidjhjmatnj Pardo Bohórquez, La Ruta Pacífica de las Mujeres
  • Soraya Husain-Talero, Fundación WWB Colombia
  • Esneyder Cortés Salinas, Fundación WWB Colombia